Wednesday, October 24, 2007


What's the difference between a lawyer and a bucket of crap?

Before you answer hastily, "The bucket," please stop to consider that Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer.

Therefore, think carefully. Do you really want to defame the Great Emancipator?

Let's not let some bad apples spoil the whole bunch. After all, the law can be a noble profession.

Just listen to Honest Abe:

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

And of those who refuse to use their opportunity to be a good man? Abe has more advice:

Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.

So let's all give into the better angels of our nature. Don't be so quick to stereotype.

And let him who dares to defame the Great Emancipator beware!

Succeed at your own risk.

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